The Bucs have lost another starter to injury after linebacker Jonathan Casillas was hurt in Sunday's 27-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Who will replace Casillas in the lineup?
The Buccaneers list of players who have seen their season end prematurely increased by one on Monday, after it was announced that linebacker Jonathan Casillas was headed to injured reserve after suffering a knee injury on Sunday against the Panthers.
Earlier in the day, during his day-after press conference, head coach Greg Schiano told the media about Casillas’ situation.
“Jonathan Casillas injured his knee, he may be done for the season, we’ll have to see if he needs surgery he’ll be done for the season,” Schiano said. “It looks that way right now.”
Later on Monday, during his weekly radio show, Schiano confirmed that the injury was in fact a season-ending injury.
Casillas was signed last spring as a free agent from the New Orleans Saints has worked himself into the starting lineup recently, replacing Dekoda Watson, who has been playing a hybrid-defensive end position at times, particularly on passing downs.
Watson was in open locker room on Monday and was asked if he would be back in the starting lineup with Casillas injured.
“We will see, I guess so,” Watson said. “I don’t know the full extent of what is going on right now but we will just see and I will stand by and just make sure I am ready wherever I am called.”
The Buccaneers now have placed 14 players on injured reserve, but Watson said that is just life in the NFL.
“It is a typical NFL season, I mean the later we get down in the [schedule] of games, there are a lot more injuries,” Watson said. “There are guys that start the season with injuries and just play with it, then after a while it gets to be too much. But I am not – or it’s nothing I am surprised about. Really when it is all said and done you have to just keep on going.”
Casillas has started four games for the Buccaneers in 2013 and has collected 34 tackles and one forced fumble.
While Watson is the most likely person who will fill the void, the Bucs have other options.
Ka’Lial Glaud started the season on Tampa Bay's practice squad but was promoted to the active roster after Week 9. On Sunday against the Panthers Gluad saw his most extensive action of the season after Casillas went down, and finished the game with three tackles.
Glaud talked to Buccaneers.com on Monday about seeing game action and also if he thinks he will get more looks now with Casillas done for the year..
"It felt kind of good to get into an NFL game, but we took a loss so it wasn't as exciting as it would have been," Glaud said. "I know we have a lot of guys, like Adam Hayward, who's a really good veteran. He has a lot of experience at every position. I'm just going to keep my head going forward and do whatever the team needs me to do. If there is an opportunity, I'm going to take full advantage of it. I'm just going to continue to come to practice and work, and if my number is called I'm going to make sure I'm ready."
The Bucs also lost cornerback Darrelle Revis to an injury on Sunday but Schiano doesn’t think it is too serious.
Darrelle I think is going to be ok,” Schiano said. “Initially he came off the field he had some pain in his upper torso area. Then they examined him inside. I don’t think it’s that serious but we’ll see. Other than that, some guys bumped up but I think with some time we’ll be ready to this weekend.”
Tampa Bay will face the Buffalo Bills at home on Sunday, looking to get back on the winning track.
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